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Stanford grad Azevedo is Player of the Century in Pac-12 polo

 

Stanford and United States National Team standout Tony Azevedo (2001-04) was named the Pac-12 Men's Water Polo Player of the Century, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Azevedo is one of four former Stanford players recognized on the Pac-12's 16-man all-century squad, comprised of seven driver/attackers, seven field/utility/2M and two goalkeepers. The Cardinal's all-time leading scorer is joined by Wolf Wigo (1991-94), Jody Campbell (1978-81) and James Bergeson (1979-82).

Azevedo is the current captain of the U.S. National Men's Water Polo Team.

While at Stanford, he guided the Cardinal to a pair of NCAA Championships (2001 and 2002). He won the prestigious Peter J. Cutino Award as the most outstanding male player of the year all four years. Azevedo is Stanford's all-time scoring leader with 332 career goals. His also held the school's single-season scoring record (95 goals), before it was broken by current Cardinal Bret Bonanni with 97 in 2013. Azevedo has competed with the U.S. National Team in each of the past four Olympics.

The Pac-12 All-Century Team is part of the conference's centennial celebration. The voting panel, which consisted of former players, coaches and members of the media, was highlighted by some of the true authorities in collegiate men's water polo.

James Bergeson was a four-time All-American who led Stanford to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1980 and 1981. He scored 235 career goals. His 1981 team finished 31-0 and became just he second-ever undefeated NCAA champion.

He went on to compete for the United States at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea and helped the USA to the silver medal. He was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2002.

Campbell also was a four-time All-American and helped the Cardinal to three NCAA titles (1978, '80-81). He scored 211 career goals. He was named to three Olympic Teams (1980, '84, '88) and helped the U.S. to silver medals in both '84 and '88. He was enshrined in the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1994.

Wigo, yet another four-time All-American, led the Cardinal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1993 and 1994. As a senior, he was named the NCAA Player of the Year. He was a three-time Olympian and scored a team-leading 16 goals during the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. Wigo was a 2011 U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame inductee.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by Gennifer Flowers
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Correction: Tony has played in four Olympics. He made the 2000 US team as a high schooler, and has also participated in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 games. He's a fun player to watch!


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